Food forest: Is this the way food should be grown?

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Entirely natural systems will work without any interventions. My garden has never seen a herbicide, pesticide, or fungicide. It produces abundantly. We need to develop complex synergies of food producing plants that need no inputs. That’s entirely possible.

For example, I read about a nitrogen crisis and yet many trees, climbers and ground cover plants like clover fix nitrogen. Also, natural animal urine is high in nitrogen. Nature has every answer. Continue reading

10 reasons why we don’t need GM foods

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Genetically modified (GM) foods are often promoted as a way to feed the world. But this is little short of a confidence trick. Far from needing more GM foods, there are urgent reasons why we need to ban them altogether.

1. GM foods won’t solve the food crisis

A 2008 World Bank report concluded that increased biofuel production is the major cause of the increase in food prices.[1] Biofuels are crops grown for fuel rather than food. GM giant Monsanto has been at the heart of the lobbying for biofuels — while profiting enormously from the resulting food crisis and using it as a PR opportunity to promote GM foods!

“The climate crisis was used to boost biofuels, helping to create the food crisis; and now the food crisis is being used to revive the fortunes of the GM industry.” — Daniel Howden, Africa correspondent, The Independent (UK).[2]

“The cynic in me thinks that they’re just using the current food crisis and the fuel crisis as a springboard to push GM crops back on to the public agenda. I understand why they’re doing it, but the danger is that if they’re making these claims about GM crops solving the problem of drought or feeding the world, that’s bullshit.” – Prof Denis Murphy, head of biotechnology, University of Glamorgan, Wales.[3] Continue reading

A Silent Forest — the growing threat from genetically engineered trees

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A Silent Forest — film featuring geneticist David Suzuki, CC, OBC, Ph.D LLD. The rush to apply genetic engineering for profit, is threatening our food supply and the integrity of life on Earth. It’s a big picture view and excellent primer on genetic engineering, what it means for the food we feed our families, for farmers and the environment. 45 minutes.

How to protect your children in today’s health landscape — a plea to parents

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by Robyn O’Brien, founder, Allergy Kids Foundation.

The landscape of children’s health has changed. If you have any doubt whatsoever, ask your grandmother. Did she have friends juggling breast cancer and play dates? What about autism and allergies? ADHD and diabetes?

And while there were other things that they worried about, as parents today, we sit beside each other on the sidelines of soccer fields, in concert recitals or in the pews at church, and with few words spoken, we understand that things have changed.

Today, 46 kids are diagnosed with cancer every day. It is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of fifteen. Diabetes, obesity, asthma and food allergies are a tsunami of conditions raining down on the health of our children. And autism now impacts 1 in 88 American children.

Our grandmothers weren’t navigating these statistics. We know that it hasn’t always been this way. And we see firsthand how hard it can be, as we share the heartache of a friend, witness the grief of a sister or help a neighbor struggling with the cost of care. We say our prayers at night, grateful for the blessings we have received and mindful of how quickly things can change. Continue reading

The World According to Monsanto

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The World According to Monsanto by award-winning French filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin, is an in-depth look at the domination of the agricultural industry from one of the world’s most insidious and powerful companies. A bold, brilliant film and a definite must-see for anyone who is interested in learning more about the multi-billion dollar, omni-powerful Monsanto.

The choices we make in the supermarket determine the future of food

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Lowest price most often wins

It’s consumers choosing lowest price that drives the economy of scale and high chemical using, genetically modified, toxic methods. If lowest price wins, it’s a vote for big agribusiness… system based, high chemical input, large scale agriculture.

In a highly competitive market, any chance to cut costs, to offer a lower price to wholesalers, retailers or increase profits for shareholders will be taken.

Unfair advantage for big agribusiness

The US government builds huge subsidies for big agribusiness into the national farm bill. That gives big agribusiness an enormous advantage over small organic farmers, who are not subsidized in any way. If all the external factors were truly priced into food, organic produce would be the most cost-effective foods on the market.

Many people in agriculture believe that if there was a level playing field in agribusiness, organic farming would quickly win the battle. However, the government subsidizes corn, soybean, canola, and cotton production to keep the prices of those commodities artificially low, so that people will feel grateful to the government for keeping their food prices down. Continue reading

GM mosquitoes may be released in Florida

Oxitec's genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquito

Oxitec’s genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquito

Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.

Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood.

Click here to read more of this story.

Free to view until the 12th only, Symphony of the Soil

This new documentary by Deborah Koons Garcia, director of The Future of Food, is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. Filmed on four continents, it gives voice to an amazing cast of soil users : from scientists to farmers, activists to policy makers, historians to entrepreneurs featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers. It also highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.

Sweet victory for Mexico beekeepers as Monsanto loses GM permit

Evidence convinced judge of threat posed to honey production in Yucatán – but firm will almost certainly appeal against ruling.

MDG : Monsanto GM soya impact on honey bees protest in Yucatan Peninsula in mexico

A small group of beekeepers in Mexico has inflicted a blow on biotech giant Monsanto, which has halted the company’s ambitions to plant thousands of hectares of soybeans genetically modified to resist the company’s pesticide Roundup.

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New Book about GMOs: The GMO Deception

gmo deceptionThe GMO Deception

What You Need to Know about the Food, Corporations, and Government Agencies Putting Our Families and Our Environment at Risk.

Edited by Sheldon Krimsky and Jeremy Gruber
Foreword by Ralph Nader

“If you do not understand why there is so much opposition to GMOs, nationally and internationally, this book is the place to start.” —Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University and author of Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics

“This eye-opening collection of essays by numerous experts lays bare what global corporations like Monsanto are attempting to foist upon us, as well as how activists around the world are fighting back to preserve our children’s future.” —Dick Russell, environmental author

“The GMO Deception is the most comprehensive resource covering all areas of this complex topic.”—Ken Roseboro, editor and publisher, The Organic & Non-GMO Report  Continue reading

What is the problem with GMO?

Here’s a good interview with Ken Roseboro who runs The Organic & Non-GMO Report.

Only 8 minutes long, and a good one to show to family and friends who maybe aren’t yet up to speed with what a GMO is and why we should avoid them.

Ken recently appeared in the documentary GMO OMG.

You can watch an interview with filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and see clips from the movie…

All the best,
Mike

 

Worm evolves to eat GM corn

worm eats cornAfter years of predicting it would happen — and after years of having their suggestions largely ignored by companies, farmers and regulators — scientists have documented the rapid evolution of corn rootworms that are resistant to Bt corn.

More here: http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/03/voracious-worm-evolves-eat-biotech-corn-engineered-kill

Connecticut First in the Nation to Pass GMO Labeling Bill

Tara Cook-Littman, an advocate who pushed for the bill celebrates her victory

A bill that would mandate labels on foods that contain genetically modified ingredients passed the House Monday, making Connecticut the first state in the nation to pass this type of legislation.

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“The bill was re-amended by the Senate on Saturday and was approved today by the House. The trigger is now four states and the population size was reduced. The biggest amendment the Senate made, and by far the most important, was the removal of the exemption for farmers making less than $1.5 million dollars which really challenged the integrity of the bill. This is a compromise, but one that strengthens the integrity of the bill now. This will truly help other states move forward which will assist us with the trigger.” ~ GMO Free CT

Unapproved, Genetically Engineered Wheat Found in Oregon Farmer’s Field

wheat“USDA has once again failed to protect the food supply from GE crop contamination,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director at Center for Food Safety. “This incident underscores why stronger regulation is long overdue. Congress needs to investigate how this occurred and the prevalence of contamination. Until then, USDA, at a minimum, should immediately place a moratorium on open-air field testing of genetically engineered crops.”

Read More: http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/2253/unapproved-genetically-engineered-wheat-found-in-oregon-farmers-field

Seeds of Death: Unveiling the lies of GMOs

Very powerful new film from Gary Null featuring clips from the leading voices in the movement e.g. Jeffrey Smith, Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Bruce Lipton Ph.D., David Murphy, Ronnie Cummins and Andrew Kimbrell.